On SAGE Insight: How can we construct better defenses against future cyber-attacks?

Special Issue: Model-Driven Paradigms for Integrated Approaches to Cyber Defense

Guest Editor: Alexander Kott

From Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (JDMS)
Published in Association with Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)

How can we ensure that our cyber security systems of the future are secure? In the wake of cyber-attacks that near crippled the NHS in the UK in May, as well as other news stories where cyber networks have been compromised and data held at ransom at banks, major corporations and government institutions, it is more important than ever to explore tools that can be used to construct better defenses.

In this January 2018 special issue of the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (JDMS), “Model-Driven Paradigms for Integrated Approaches to Cyber Defense”, Dr. Kott, Chief of the Network Science Division of the Army Research Laboratory, leverages his work with NATO IST-ET-128 to address these broadly scoped issues affecting our hospitals, banks and government institutions.  While parts of the current cyber system management issue leverage the JDMS’ roots in providing training to operators to respond in the event of a cyber-attack, this issue, looks more broadly at constructive modeling for cyber, extending Dr. Kott’s work on overall cyber modelling and simulation (M&S) frameworks to prevent attacks in the future.

This special issue compliments a recent National Academy of Sciences study (Lynette I. Millett, 2017) that analyses the institutional improvements required to develop a science of cyber security.  Key findings include –

  • Enabling Research – current, high frequency, publishing rhythm can leave current literature conclusions a challenge to duplicate; the suggestion is to do longer term projects that provide results that enable readers to replicate
  • Cyber as an Interdisciplinary Field – social science aspects, in dealing with the human interface to computer based systems, affect all aspects of cyber security, from policy through technology; one suggestion is that new doctoral students should have a double major that includes both a technical and social science discipline, if working on cyber security

This special issue, therefore, provides the reader with clear thinking about the types of baseline models that will be required for scalable, constructive, cyber M&S tools.  These tools will be used to facilitate future cyber risk assessment projects; cyber models that correspond to the scale of current systems that make unfortunate news as they are compromised.

By Jerry M. Couretas, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation




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The significance of model-driven paradigms in cyber security: an introduction

Alexander Kott
First Published January 4, 2018
DOI: 10.1177/1548512917747837
Journal of Defense Modeling and Simulation (JDMS)


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